Are We There Yet?

By Greg Baer M.D.

January 4, 2013

On a long trip, how many parents have heard their children ask, over and over, "Are we there yet?" In the process, they often miss everything going on around them.

For a child, this question is almost irresistible, but we adults tend to do the same thing, despite our claims to greater wisdom. We fix our eyes on some prize—a promotion, an academic degree, a bigger house, retirement, whatever—and attach our happiness to whether we are "there yet." We look forward to some future achievement with such intensity—"Are we there yet?"—that we miss the real purpose of our entire lives.

There is no destination. The joy is all in the journey. The rewards are in simple and quiet loving moments, connections made, trials overcome with faith, gratitude for people and for lessons learned, and the peace we maintain despite all the distractions around us.

As we realize the value of these treasures, the question "Are we there yet?" fades entirely from our minds.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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